Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Yes, I know it's been a while since I've blogged but I have some great excuses! 

Excuse #1:  We (Sue, Joyce, LeAnne (quilter) and I) got the Memories of Provence Block of the Month Version 1 in black done!  It turned out fabulous and here is a picture of it. 

It is now in Portland for a show that E. E. Schenck puts on in their warehouse.  They are going to be displaying it there to help promote the fabric and the block of the month. 

I've had a few inquiries about the Block of the Month so I thought I would explain it to everyone.  First, though, I am so excited that the quilt is featured in American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Sampler in Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe.  They have done the quilt in Olde World Style fabric line and tested the blocks and finishing instructions for me.  I was so thrilled to see it in their shop in the magazine!  If you don't have the magazine already, make sure that you pick it up because 2 of my favorite shops are featured:  Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe in Dyersville, IA and Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe in Oswego, IL. 

This how the block of the month works:
It is offered through Open Gate to quilt shops only.  They will then offer it either on the web or through their shop as a block of the month.  It will start in their shop depending on their schedule and the availability of fabric (the fabric is due in shops some time this month.)  There are 3 colorways that they can choose from or do their own fabrics.  It is designed with a red, blue and black colorway.  The above is the one done in black.  There are two different versions of the quilt.  Both versions use the same blocks and the same amount of fabric, it's just the finishing instructions that are different.  You can decide which version that you want to make.  Here is the second version:

If you are interested in doing the block of the month, check with your local quilt shop or let me know and I can find a place for you to do it through.  It depends on the color that you would like to do and when they start. 

Quilt shops: if you let me know that you are doing it and what color, I can forward on the information.  My email address is:  info@opengatequilts.com.

Excuse #2:  My parents are visiting for a week.  Thankfully, they are more than helpful and I have kept them busy.  Mom was ironing and cutting and dad was folding patterns, stuffing rulers and folding fat quarters.  I am sure he is quite thrilled that I told everyone that he is folding fabric but when you come for a visit at this time of year, everyone works!  He is an expert folder and we've never had such precisely folded fat quarters!!  Another thing that he is great at is keeping Tillie busy.  They have a mutual love society and Bill and I are afraid that she will be missing when they leave!  (she may just jump in the van to go home with them!)  Here is my dad holding the "Princess" as we call her.  She thinks that he's her personal playmate and they play ball, go for walks and do lots of hanging out together. 

Her hair is starting to grow back and she is getting cuter and cuter.  Does she look like she's in heaven or what?!

Excuse #3:  Quilt Expo in Madison, WI.  We have been cutting, folding, packing and binding to get ready for the show.  We set up the show tomorrow and it starts on Thursday.  It goes until Saturday.  We will be demoing the Fit to be Quarter ruler, will have new kits and some sale fabric.  If you are in the area, please stop by and say hi.  We would love to see you!  After the show, we will have new items posted on the bundlesandbolts.com website.  Make sure that you check them out. 

Excuse #4:  Quilts, quilts, quilts!  I have been piecing, binding and working like crazy.  A second version of the Block of the Month is done (red, version II) pieced by my friend Peggy and borders are being put on.  Also, Monte Carlo and Echo are being done so those will be posted soon.  It's so much fun to see the quilts develop with my new fabric.  Will post more pictures as they are done.

So, hope you forgive me for my long absence and I can't guarantee that I will be back to being consistent but will try!


Nicole said…
What a beautiful quilt! Both versions! I picked up my APQ magazine yesterday and saw several of your quilts in it. How cool is that?
Truffle queen said…
YIKES! No excuses necessary! It was so good to see you yesterday at the Expo! My brain is on overload! Love your block-of-the month - especially the on-point! I think I need to take a trip to Oswego and revisit the shop! Hope you did well at the show! PS - we stopped at Mary's Cafe? (off Perryville Rd) on the way back to StC - yummie!!!
The quilt is just gorgeous. I believe my sis in law saw the E.E. Schenck show as she was making a trip up there for her supplies last month. I've got to call her and see if she made it. Wow, Tillie is growing and getting more adorable every singe time I see her. We have small dogs, little Schnauzer born with a silver spoon you know where and she knows it. Then there is her sister who was rescued from an extremely abusive home and she is a wonderful bundle of love, a schnauzer/poodle mix. Their names are Friskie and Sadie Jo and I should have said, "they have us" because they do, LOL. Though I truly do prefer larger dogs, love to wrap my arms around them, these two little sweethearts just found their way into our home and life is richer because of them. Plus it is a little easier for them to sit on our laps than it was for, well, my Great Dane, LOL. Thanks for sharing the photos of your quilts and furry babies, oh, and don't forget that wonderful fat quarter folder. He looks every bit as happy as "princess" does in the photo. Hugs...

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